UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII FOUNDATION – Hawaiinuiakea Silent Auction
Auction Ends: Dec 1, 2021 11:59 PM HST


Papale Lauhala by Maile Andrade

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Estimated Value
$400 USD
$600 USD to anfae8a44

The winning bid will go to FrontStream Global Fund (tax ID 26-3265577), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which will send the donation to UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII FOUNDATION (tax ID 990085260) on behalf of the winner.

Item Description

Item Description:
Dimensions of papale- 22.5inch band
Design- love knot
Lauhala gathered from Pilaa, Kauai.

This papale lauhala (pandanus hat) piko ole (crownless) is a Hawaiian style open crown hat woven (actually plaited) of carefully prepared and stripped lauhala, or leaves of the pandanus tree, a natural fiber. It was woven on the island of Kauai by Kumu Maile Andrade.  It is a piko ole hat with a love knot design woven into the band and brim of the hat.

Maile Andrade is a faculty member at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and one of the classes she teaches is HWST 222 - Introduction to Hawaiian Fiber Arts Studio-Hana No‘eau Ma‘awe.  In HWST 222 the students are introduced to a variety of fibers used in the Hawaiian culture. Emphasis on cultivation, preparation, uses and conservation of the fibers. Areas explored are kapa, plaiting, netting and twining.  This class is a part of the Halau o Laka: Native Hawaiian Creative Expression concentration track although many students have taken this course to begin their creative journey in Hawaiian fiber art.

For more info about Hawaiian Studies courses visit the Kamakakuokalani website.

Item Special Note

The string that is woven into the base of the crown, is used for tightening or loosening the fit. This string is the backbone of the papale and it should never be removed.

To clean the papale, wipe with a clean damp cloth and let papale air dry completely before storing.

If papale gets very wet, i.e., it happens to rain, don't panic. Let it air dry completely before storing.

Winning bidder is responsible for any applicable shipping and handling costs.

Donated By:

Maile Andrade

Maile Andrade